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Eveline is a short story written by James Joyce about a young lady who lives her life in a promise The promise is to her mother who had passed away that no matter how bad the family became she would always keep it together At a significant point in Evelines life she was given the opportunity to leave the family and start a family of her own Although Eveline is miserable with her life she runs from Frank with no love in her eyes and remembers the promise that she had made Some people think that she did the right thing in keeping her promise while others think that she did not have enough courage to go with Frank Though both opinions are relevant it is strongly apparent that Eveline is a coward for her actions She ran away from the only person that truly loved her and cared about her needs Joyce opens the story with Eveline remembering old neighbors like the Waters 4 who have since escaped east to England because they were not opposed to leaving their home She looks forward to going away like the others Joyce 4 She admits she will not be missed at her job and at nineteen without the former protection of her older brothers she is beginning to feel herself in danger of her fathers violence Joyce 4 She wants to escape her fathers abuse and leave her life that is filled with nothing that she enjoys Eveline cannot end up like her mother who was rejected by the town people and living a life of commonplace sacrifices closing in final craziness Joyce 6 and her only option is to escape with Frank In the story Evelines sudden impulse drives her to admit that He would save her Joyce 6 if she goes with him east across the seas Eveline looks forward to exploring another life with Frank Joyce 5 One way that she
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